Governance

Governance

FSI's research on the origins, character and consequences of government institutions spans continents and academic disciplines. The institute’s senior fellows and their colleagues across Stanford examine the principles of public administration and implementation. Their work focuses on how maternal health care is delivered in rural China, how public action can create wealth and eliminate poverty, and why U.S. immigration reform keeps stalling. Looking more broadly at these issues, FSI’s Governance Project works on measuring the quality of governance and assessing a country’s ability to deliver public services.

FSI’s work includes comparative studies of how institutions help resolve policy and societal issues. Scholars aim to clearly define and make sense of the rule of law, examining how it is invoked and applied around the world. One project explores how authoritarian and democratic regimes can encourage or suppress economic development. Meanwhile, the European Governance project looks at governance issues on a single continent.

FSI researchers also investigate government services – trying to understand and measure how they work, whom they serve and how good they are. They assess energy services aimed at helping the poorest people around the world and explore public opinion on torture policies. The Children in Crisis project addresses how child health interventions interact with political reform. Specific research on governance, organizations and security capitalizes on FSI's longstanding interests and looks at how governance and organizational issues affect a nation’s ability to address security and international cooperation.

Recent Publications

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Why deciding to ‘move forward’ with Putin is a big mistake

July 2017

In his readout of the first meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised the desire of both presidents to forget about the past —...

 The Illusions of Disillusion

June 2017

 Three-quarters of 1 percent: that was the vote tally
 that Jean-Marie Le Pen managed to eke out the first time he ran for the presidency of France in the early 1970s.

Social Media, New Technologies and the Middle East

June 2017

It is a global story, a new industrial revolution.

A German chancellor like no other

June 2017

Helmut Kohl, the long-serving German leader who reunified his country after the fall of the Berlin Wall and championed Europe’s integration, died on Friday at 87.

Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom

May 2017

From the former secretary of state and bestselling author -- a sweeping look at the global struggle for democracy and why America must continue to support the cause of human freedom.From the end of...

Nationalism, Populism, Islamism

May 2017

Not that long ago, debates over politics were anchored in a clear opposition between universalism and relativism.

Voting Behavior in the Council of the European Union: The Effect of the Trio Presidency

May 2017

This paper examines the Trio Presidency and its impact on voting behavior in the Council of the European Union.

France Isn't Good For The Jews

April 2017

Born into a Jewish family in Algeria in 1948, Bernard-Henri Lévy was raised in Paris, where he enrolled in the elite Ecole Normale in the embattled year of 1968.

The Russian Empire 1450-1801

March 2017

Modern Russian identity and historical experience has been largely shaped by Russia's imperial past: an empire that was founded in the early modern era and endures in large part today.

‘Red’ America is an illusion. Postindustrial towns go for Democrats.

February 2017

Media professionals and intellectuals in the large coastal cities have long struggled to understand the white, non-metropolitan counties in the middle of the country.

This is why Democrats lose in ‘rural’ postindustrial America

February 2017

In my earlier post I suggested that voters in rural areas and small industrial towns are often two rather distinct demographic groups that should not be conflated.

Allies First, Mr. President

January 2017

Here’s how Donald Trump can reassure our alliesthatthe United States won’t abandon its friends.

All Quiet on the Balkan Front?

January 2017

With Yugoslavia’s successor states simmeringwith conflict and discontent,problems of security,governance, and identity could boil over.

Dear Trump: Defending democracy is no vice

January 2017

For decades, American presidents have used their inaugural addresses to celebrate the values of freedom. At his inauguration on Friday, President Donald Trump will take to the podium to declare his...

The election of Antonio Tajani as EP President: A backroom deal that creates clarity

January 2017

On 17 January, Antonio Tajani took over as the new President of the European Parliament. Christophe Crombez argues that while Tajani’s election has been portrayed by some observers as another EU...

The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century

January 2017

How only violence and catastrophes have consistently reduced inequality throughout world historyAre mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality?...

Ce qu'ils disent vraiment: Les politiques pris aux mots

January 2017

"Liberty," "secularism," "security," "people," "identity" . . .

Ten Proposals On The Middle East For The New U.S. Administration

January 2017

The new administration will inherit a Middle East foreign policy in tatters. The aspirations of President Obama’s Cairo speech of 2009 have not been met.

The Modern Language Association Votes to Reject Academic Boycott of Israel

January 2017

Insight into why the largest professional association of humanities scholars in North America rejected a BDS motion to boycott Israeli universities

Genocide: A World History (New Oxford World History)

December 2016

Genocide occurs in every time period and on every continent. Using the 1948 U.N.

Is Poland Really Lost? Poland’s Contested Governance Reforms and the Further Role of the Central Eastern European Area (CEE) in the EU

February 2016

On January 13, 2016 for the first time in its history the European Union launched an investigation against one of its full member states, i.e. Poland.

Can the South Asian Academic Speak from Abroad? Colonialism and Anticolonialism in Modi’s America

January 2016

Following her signing of an open letter registering concerns about potential privacy abuses with Digital India and her op-ed "How to Think About Modi's Visit to Silicon Valley," Stanford historian...

Winds of Change: Voter Blame and Storm Gudrun in the 2006 Swedish Parliamentary Election

December 2015

Can a natural disaster shift long-standing party support for the long-term?

Geography and Gridlock in the United States

April 2015

"Geography and Gridlock in the United States" is chapter 7 of the book Solutions to Political Polarization in America, edited by Nathaniel Persily and published by the Cambridge University Press...